Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
South Plainfield
  • Onezumi H.
    "My steam pot was missing sausage."(3 Tips)
    Ashley G.
    "Get the BBQ snow crab and finish off with the crabby apple crumble"(11 Tips)
    Wei V.
    "Try the Shrimp And Crawfish Mix (cajun Sensation) - :) too spicy"(4 Tips)
    sam h.
    "Good service good food"(2 Tips)
75 Tips and reviews
  • crab
  • steam pot
  • lobster
  • spicy food
  • outdoor seating
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  • Karrie
    KarrieDecember 2, 2012
    Create your own crab bucket: 1) choose your crab from 7 choices, then 2) pick a flavors from a pool of 8. Dance along the tunes with the bib, have fun and enjoy your crabs.
  • Melanie R.
    Melanie Rollis SafnerJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We came once around dinner time and the wait was so long.. Now we come earlier, around 3, and have never had to wait. Crab nachos are fantastic way to start your meal.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CalvanoJuly 28, 2011
    If you have kids and it is warm enough eat outside. There is an awesome private playground for them to run around in and it it MUCH quieter.
  • Joy A.
    Joy AbiogJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    for a party of 2, it took us less than 30 minutes to get a table. of course, we went after dinnertime. definitely worth the wait!
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CrawfordNovember 6, 2015
    Patio Punch...I love this drink. Oh and of course the food here is good.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GonzalesApril 16, 2011
    The wait is crazy long most times but worth it. Get the BBQ snow crab and finish off with the crabby apple crumble
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MadjeskiSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is always amazing. Love the staff. Miss working here.
  • Aqiylah
    AqiylahAugust 25, 2012
    If u love SPICY/HOT then the "spicy boiled crab" is def the way to go!!!!!! LOVE THE FLAVOR!!!!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AOctober 5, 2014
    Khai as a great server. Very friendly and helpful. Great time and food
  • Victor V.
    Victor VargasOctober 15, 2011
    You gotta try the "Balls of fire"; a mix of shrimp, crab and jalapeño, they're awesome...!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SternJuly 3, 2010
    If you don't mind eating at the bar, you can save an hour or so eating there instead of a table. Plus, the bartenders are really cool!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CinquegranaNovember 10, 2013
    Wear the bib! You'll regret it if you don't! Haha! First dates beware ... this is dig in kind of eatin'!
  • Miyoshi D.
    Miyoshi DeSouzaSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Waited 2 hrs but it was well worth it. I had the fried calamari, lobster bisque and the samuel adams pot! All delicious!
  • Keith P.
    Its all good. Get the boil and beers
  • Erica S.
    Erica StolteDecember 16, 2014
    Really expensive it was amazing food but it cost $18 for 2 crab legs....
  • Michael L.
    Michael LutherJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Say Hi to Meghan at the bar! Tell her Luther sent you.
  • Cia
    CiaMarch 13, 2014
    most fun for miles and miles
  • Sara W.
    Sara WiseNovember 15, 2012
    Vern is the best. He really makes the trip worth while.
  • sweet p.
    sweet peaDecember 4, 2010
  • Dave O.
    Dave OrtegaJuly 19, 2013
    Go to any other Joe's anywhere, just not this one. The service was terrible, the food was worse and management is utterly useless. If you want to go to Joe's just take the trip to a different one.
  • Wendy T.
    Wendy TomSeptember 3, 2012
    Good time to go is late @ nite around 8pm. No wait and not a lot of people.
  • Jason
    JasonJuly 15, 2010
    Always a long wait but its so worth it. Order the shark bite drink. Its hilarious.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AmatoOctober 8, 2012
    Caution: Food is spicy and they do not caution you. I did enjoy it, but others in my party did not.
  • Corrin S.
    Corrin SwepsonApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Hush Puppies are AMAZING
  • M. Justin B.
    M. Justin BrantleyFebruary 23, 2011
    Try the popcorn shrimp for all of you shrimp lovers out there!
  • Lorenzo
    LorenzoJanuary 28, 2015
    Don't tell them it's your birthday. They will perform unspeakable acts.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoleyJune 12, 2011
    When the waiters/waitresses are dancing....TICKlE THEIR ARMPITS.
  • Klaudia F.
    Klaudia FraszczykSeptember 1, 2011
    Servers and extremely nice, food is fast and delish.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa M.July 29, 2011
    Try the Coronita Rita- beer inverted in a margarita. Paradise!
  • Joanna
    JoannaNovember 29, 2010
    be prepared for dinner to wait a VERY long time...arrive early. its a small place
  • Onezumi H.
    Onezumi HartsteinJuly 4, 2013
    Slowest service ever not even counting the wait. Over 2 hours at our table just to eat. Bathrooms totally out of TP. Towel dispensers broken. My steam pot was missing sausage.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynJune 5, 2011
    Try the Shrimp And Crawfish Mix (cajun Sensation) - :) too spicy
  • Amol U.
    Amol UtrankarJanuary 2, 2015
    Decent food, but the culture of the place (bibs, loud music) may not be your thing.
  • David
    DavidFebruary 2, 2013
    The worst service. Made u wait 10 minutes for a table and the place is empty. Finally got a table an waited 15 for the waiter to acknowledge you. The worst service ever.
  • Sonja P.
    Sonja PMarch 5, 2011
    Ragin Cajun steampot is da grilled if course!!
  • Takeshi Y.
    Takeshi YamamotoJanuary 12, 2012
    Anyone who says it's too lots has no idea what joes is about. Those complaints ruined the joes experience.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RaimondiJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Wear the bib they give you because some people tend to get sloppy with the butter.
  • Danny R.
    Danny RauhJuly 14
    Clam strips and the Gumbo.
  • Danielle I.
    Danielle InmanJuly 10, 2013
    $2 Tuesdays are worth it..
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BellottiMarch 13, 2011
    This place is AESOME!!! Try the Samuel Adams Steam Pot!!
  • Lucky
    LuckySeptember 10, 2014
    Love the combo
  • Martyna M.
    Martyna MotykaJuly 2, 2013
  • Dan S.
    Dan SurmanMay 21, 2012
    Music could be lower around lunch time
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BrandonJanuary 10, 2013
    Vern is the best server!!!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DeVoneApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Manager was a real asshole (when my order was wrong and to his staff)!
  • Ernie O.
    Ernie OportoJune 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Christina
    ChristinaJanuary 2, 2012
    Restaurant fairly empty; no wait to get a table yet 2 adults and 2 kids waiting 20 minutes for food? Ridiculous, and this is us giving them a second chance.
  • sam h.
    sam harrisJuly 31, 2013
    Good service good food
  • Ashleigh S.
    Ashleigh ShimallaAugust 4, 2010
    Great place to eat! Fun atmosphere and food!
  • Karlton U.
    Karlton UtterJune 23, 2011
    Service is not good. Food is decent. I don't want to pay 20 bucks an entree and sit on picnic benches. Not what I expected.
  • James S.
    James SmithAugust 31, 2010
    Unless you are completely unconcerned about the value of money, avoid this place and steam your own crabs at home. The service is horrendous, there's no value in the menu and the drinks suck!
  • Jody L.
    Jody LarsonJuly 21, 2012
    Here's a tip, dont bet on horses!
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynJune 5, 2011
    Try the Apple Crumble - Yum
  • Corrin S.
    Corrin SwepsonApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food!
  • Ralph H.
    Ralph HernandezAugust 25, 2014
    Steam pots
  • Diane S.
    Diane SalamoneAugust 31, 2010
    The service sucks! I love the food but you spend a fortune and the bartenders have attitudes and never accommodate you. Don't waste your money. They don't care about the guest.
  • Jen P.
    Jen PMay 9, 2010
    When making a reservation, tell them you live an hour away.
  • Dylan Q.
    Dylan QuanMay 28, 2010
    Place is always crowded. If you want to eat dinner, plan an hour early!
  • Susan
    SusanMarch 22, 2015
    Good was good but not worth the 1.5 hour wait on a Saturday night 😕
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynJune 5, 2011
    Try the Crabs - Yummmmm
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SolomonSeptember 2, 2013
    Just because you're under staffed doesn't mean quality should suffer and you take it out on the customers.
  • Gaston M.
    Gaston McGaryApril 28, 2010
    The staff start dancing every 45 minutes and it's hilarious
  • Dina K.
    Dina KhmelnitskyJuly 17, 2010
    Get the sea turtle sundae. Seriously.
  • fredrick B.
    fredrick BlandinJune 14, 2012
    Nice place.
  • JB
    JBAugust 19, 2011
    get the crab
  • Trish R.
    Trish R.January 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very, very slow service. Seated for half an hour before we ever saw our waitress
  • Hans K.
    Hans KaziuNovember 11, 2011
    The bangbang
  • Liliana R.
    Liliana RodriguezFebruary 20, 2011
    Bring me some.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin San DiegoJune 17, 2010
    Get here early heheheh
  • Chris M.
    Chris MartirezMay 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't waste your time here. Go get better food somewhere else
  • Robyn D.
    Robyn DormanJuly 15, 2010
    Best Food Ever
  • Heather M.
    Heather MiserendinoMarch 2, 2013
    The service really sucks!
  • Rachel
    RachelJuly 22, 2010
  • Michael G.
    Michael GOctober 6, 2011
    too frickin loud!!!!!!!
  • Karl K.
    Karl KingstonJune 22, 2016
    Too loud and slow service
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